Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

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898
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2,105
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
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Photo of yemenmocha
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy honeyed yellow color with white head.

Nose has fruity chalk, some cardboard (in a good way), and musty fruit.

Sour bomb on the palate, but that's expected with this style. Fruitiness reminds me of peach, apricot, and more. Finishes sour as well, but not overwhelmingly sour.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (with a date reading "OKT 2010") into Duvel art tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange-golden color with a substantial off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind only a few tiny spots of lace and a little bit of floating foam. The large head surprised me due to the style of the beer.

Smell: A strong, musty/woody aroma backed up by sour lemon.

Taste: Begins with a stinging sourness on the tongue along with a slight bitterness reminiscent of lemon peel. The beer only gets more sour as it goes down- it's not really a vinegary lemon-esque sourness, it's just, well, sour. The finish does reveal some musty and woody notes. I must say, despite the assertive sourness, this beer is not a sour bomb. After a bit more drinking and getting used to the sourness, some fruity flavors make themselves faintly known and the yeast asserts itself a bit more

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with strong initial carbonation that mellows out. The finish is dry and very champagne-like, and even a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: A very nice beer that I would be happy to drink again and again. Only my second geuze overall, but it's another winner. I would like to see what this tastes like with more age on it.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle from 41st Ave Liquors in Santa Cruz, CA. Paired with some 5 year old gouda. My first gueuze -- taking advice from the forums to start with this one.

A - Huge 3-4 finger head on the initial pour. Recedes to a thin cap with plenty of patchy lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, a bit of mustiness and funk. The stinky cheese REALLY sets this off.

T - Orange zest, lemon, and funk in the front. Tastes like the barnyard a bit, some dust in the middle, and then a hint of some berries in the back with more citrus. Very yummy. And the gouda is only helping to bring out some of the background flavors in this one.

M - Medium body with a light and dry finish. Not heavy in any way, doesn't really coat the mouth, and just glides down the throat easily.

D - Off the charts for me. It's just dry enough, and the citrus really makes this feel refreshing. I immediately wished I had bought another one. Like others have said, it would be a great daytime beer. I'd love to try this with some seafood in the backyard this summer. A little pricey for sessioning but I could still drink a ton of this.

Overall, my first gueuze has me wanting to try lots more of them. I can tell where a lot of my time (and money) will be going in the near future.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml heavy, thick bottle; Bottled: 21 MAR 2011

A: Hazy, golden-orange with a super foamy, white head that fades and builds quickly. Good retention and no lace.

S: Sour apples, funk, tart.

T: Dry, bitter, tart, sour apples. Barny funk. Earthy.

M: Incredibly smooth. Thin but crisp. Tart. So good.

O: First Gueuze experience. Amazing. It won't be my last. Already love this style.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this a little higher previously. The last bottle I had was good, but the appearance killed it. Poured like soda, no head retention whatsoever.

Nose was nice, good qualities of a gueuze, but a little simplified. Wonderful tartness and citrus character, nice funk.

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Photo of carlborch
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-amber with a large head that dissipated quickly. Fresh, slightly sour nose with hints of the aromas you get when biting into a Granny Smith apple combined with a funky, hay, and citrus pith nose. The body is medium, with bright effervescence. Just slightly sour with hints of Brettanomyces. Delicious as an aperitif or with foods, such as a vinaigrette based salad, that needs the counter-punch.No lace whatsoever. Very pleasant lingering. Bone-dry! A joyful Gueuze that will be repurchased. This is fun to drink. Not at all "beer like" although it is clearly a beer (ale). I wish they would let some of their fruit Lambics get this dry!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip after a struggle with the cork that I'm glad nobody else saw.

Pours a hazy medium golden yellow with half a finger of foamy eggshell head that leaves foamy blobs of lace as it recedes.

Smells of underripe orchard fruit and sour citrus. Green apple, white grape, sliced lemon, wildflowers and mild cheesy funk.

Tastes of intense green apple, lemon and orange, sour grape juice, mild sweet pineapple and more soft funk.

Feels light and foamy. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes off dry and pleasantly tart.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Intense, complex and refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was wonderful. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass.

Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. . The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

overall much better then i was expecting

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lindemans Cuvee Renee into pint.

Giant rocky head on clear deep yellow body. Stupid long retention and
lacing. Good looking stuff, impossible to pour without getting all
head and only a little body.

Aroma is all over. Old leather, herbs, lemons, barnyard, musty cellar,
horseblanket.

Taste follows nose. Great acidity that's not overpowering. Bright
lemon sourness. A bit of funk and mustyness, and some old leather.

Body is medium with a brisk carbonation which leads to a pretty clean finish.

Despite being a beer that most would shun, this is a great drinking
beverage that can help clear the digestion after a super heavy meal.

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Photo of cnally
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous pour, raqdiant amberish yellow body, nary a head but small white foam wisps remain.

The aroma is exactly the ascerbic, sour aroma you would want. More white vinegar than apple or balsamic. The yeast component is rank, in the best possible way.

PUCKER UP! Wow, what a flavor. A distinctly yeasty punch just puts you under while the vinegary sour mauls you. Finishes surprisingly fruity, mango, banana.

The mouthfeel is puckering. Dry, fizzy, and puckering.

Awesome stuff. As good as any sour I have ever had. Period.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:

I’ve been holding onto this bottle all summer long. Waiting for a special occasion to crack it open, and the birth of my buddy’s first seems a worthy occasion.

This pours a cloudy, golden color. Smells wonderfully funky and sour. Thin foam but lots of big bubbles on the pour. Very effervescent which gives it a lightness to the taste and mouthfeel, but really tart. A dry, distinct finish. The tartness dominates. I get some green apple, but in a good way. Reminds me of Bell’s Wild One and Unibroue’s Ephemere.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. I try to pick this up everytime that I'm in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear, golden-yellow color. A coarse, white, champagne-like head rose up very easilty and then disappeared in a flash. A continuous flow of bubbles could be seen rising up the flute. With a much rougher pour, I could get a head that dissipated a little slower and that became nice and dense as it settled down. It left tons of lace on the glass when I did this, but the bead wasn't as pronounced since I had released the bulk of the carbonation..

Smell: The horse blanket aroma typical of a gueuze was very evident when the beer was smelled from the bottle. However, it was very subdued in the glass. Tart sourness, musty old wood, and hints of brett combined to create a terrific aroma. I could sniff this stuff all day long. There is a certain dry, clean component to it that I love.

Mouthfeel: Very lively in the mouth. Light bodied and seemed to dance around.

Taste: A sharp, puckering tartness hit the tongue immediately, though it was not as strong as what I was expecting. Strong flavors of oak and an evident mustiness rise up after the tartness calmed down. That is not to say that the tartness disappeared, because it continued well into the aftertaste. It just lost some of its potency after awhile. Also in the aftertaste was a light sweetness up in the front of the mouth.

While I consider the straight Lindemans gueuze a beginners gueuze, this is what I would call an intermediate one. Nowhere close to a Cantillon, but much closer than the former. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of calebroberts811
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Simply gorgeous golden orange color, plenty of carbonation with a pretty off-white head.

S - Musty old leather, aged cheese, vinegar, champagne, dry mustard, with the sweetness coming from subtle white grape/grapefruit notes.

T - Holy crap, this thing is funky. Sour apple, pineapple, old champagne, citrus rind, and black tea tannins pretty much dominate the palette. If any of you have ever had that fermented tea drink called kombucha, this is like a refined and elegant version of that. Also included is a distinguished white wine vinegar component. Absolutely delicious.

M - Surprisingly refreshing and I'd kill to have some food with this. It could be from the funkiness but the mouthfeel reminds me of a cheese as it is almost creamy.

O - Seriously one of the best beers I've had in awhile and it's a bit disappointing that this is the only readily-available gueuze in my area because I may have a new favorite style.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque orange with a big yellow hue. slightly off white head, mild retention and good lacing.

S: huge sour lemonade aroma, some light sweet citrus.

T: big tart/sour citrus flavor that turns into green apples, granny smith apples. what a great flavor.

M: medium to low bodied. mild carbonation level. very crisp and clean.

D: ridiculously smooth for as fresh as it is. cant wait to see the sours age. wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly murky light amber red color.
S: fruity, apple smell. hints of cranberries. subtle oak
T: Much like the smell. Apple, cranberrie, oak. Lots of subtleties that play out here.
M: Light and perfect amount of bubbles. Sour finished becomes a little much after a few sips.

Overall a great beer. So many subtle flavors I could talk about it for a good while. Goes down smooth. Very unique and impressive.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a light bit of orange. Huge fluffy white head. All I can smell is some serious acidic citrus notes, followed by an intriguing subtle mustiness. Highly carbonated - the mouthfeel is great! Very dry. Fantastic sour flavor that subsides quickly and finishes crisp.

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Photo of MrDell
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

13.08.2016

Lindemans Cuvée René Oude Gueuze
Gueuze – 5.5% - 750ml Capped and corked bottle – Bottled Bot. 17.12.2014 Best Before 17.12.2020

From Beer Advocate:

Appearance: Big pop and loads of smoke when cork removed. Deep orange colour with fine carbonation (lots of). Nice lacing from persistent white head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma: Lots of horse blanket, leather and some funk.

Taste: Aroma carries over into taste, lots of leather and horse blanket – from the brett.

Mouthfeel: Dry and astringent as one would expect.

Overall: I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one. From a price and availability point of view, excellent value for money, here in Switzerland. Will be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at just over refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Label reads "Botteld in 2008" (sic)

A - Poured a thick two-fingered head, with a reddish-brownish-golden body. The brew reacts to even the slightest swirl of the glass.

S - Sweet, peppery, and funky. I get lots of apricot, lemon (and meyer lemon!), musky old basement, peach, white grape, and the slightest hint of vinegar. Of course there are the requisite gueuze smells that have no name.

T - What a remarkably long finish, even for a gueuze! Surprisingly fruit-forward, with apricot, lemon, and apple flavors stepping up the most. Deliciously sour and tart.

M - The flavors sparkle on your palate. Very effervescent mouthfeel because of the high carbonation in conjunction with the flavor profile of sour, farmy, and fruity.

D - Absolutely a joy to drink. This style is my go-to warm weather brew, and the Cuvée René does not disappoint one bit. Be sure to take your time with this brew, as it only gets better as it warms - that's why I start with a refrigerated bottle and enjoy the progression. One of the best examples of gueuze that I've encountered.

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Photo of BlankFrank
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first lambic, and I must say it's very wierd, but in a good way.

Appearance: From a vintage 1990 champagne bottle to a cylinder glass, it looks golden orange with a fizzy white head. It left a small, thin coat of lace.

Smell: Crazy. Basically, it stinks. It smells sour and sharply fruity with a strong musk. For some reason though, I love it.

Taste: This being my first lambic, I knew to expect sweet and fruity, but it's seriously like no beer I've tasted before. Tart apples, pineapple, and very sour with sweetness. I can definitely taste the fermentation and some of the yeast. If you're not prepared, it could probably put you off, but despite it's sharp and crisp almost reeking taste, I somehow like it. It's almost like a sour, skunky champagne.

Mouthfeel: Small, light bubbles, perfectly complements the sharp fruity taste. Light in body.

D: I like it more at each sip, but I can certainly see how someone would turn it away. If you like unique, it's something that'll entice you till the very bottom of the bottle.

Absolutely strange and odd. My brain tells me not to drink something so sweetly rotten, but I can't help loving it so much.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene

Appearance: hazy yellow, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: lambic fruity sourness.

Taste: lambic acidic notes and a bitter fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice lambic. The flavor is pure and smooth. It has some great well balanced flavor as well.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle corked and capped, foil wrapped. A very nice presentation. Pours a clean copper orange color with very little, if any, yeast in suspension after a careful pour. Big white, bubbly head that lasts long. Very intricate lacing in the wide-mouth goblet I've poured into. The nose is complex and pungent, but all in good ways. Decidedly musty and earthy, this beer smells of history and masterful technique. The "barnyard" scents are here in full force, along with an almost fruity sweet accent floating around to tame the pungent nature of this wild beer. This beer is far less sweet than the Lindemans Gueuze, and more accurately reflects the traditional style and nature of what a good gueuze ought to be. The palate is forcefully tart up front, with bitter fruits and straw asserting themselves early. Slight Vinegar-like character which causes the mouth to water in a wonderful way ... something I actually love in a Lambic beer. Fruity and quite acidic throughout, the gueuze warms to a slightly smoother malted wheat foundation. Finishes quite dry and lively with aggressive carbonation levels from start to finish. This is, in my mind, standard for the style and a great example of the age-old craft of producing fine, champagne-like beers through the magic of spontaneous fermentation. A truly excellent beer and a beer that redeems my hope in Lindemans ... a brewer typically known for their sugary sweet "soda pop" lambics here in America. If you buy this beer thinking it'll be something like one of those, boy are you in for a shock. A great Gueuze!

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Photo of Rodrickor
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uncorked the bottle and - holy crap, did someone sneak some farm animals into the house? This has a funky, stinky smell from the wild yeast strains and I love it!

Poured into champagne flute, yielding further funk that fills the room as well as a nice goldenrod, cloudy appearance with a fluffy white head. I take a strong whiff of the aroma once more and drink.

The taste is sour lactates, champagne, and stale hops; a great flavor that went well with the brie I grabbed from the fridge. A lot of carbonation, but it works very well with this style and adds to the enjoyability.

Overall, this is great to sip with a light cheese or some such snack to go along. This would be great to introduce the style to newbies, as it makes for a very interesting experience and a wonderful drink.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, light orange liquid with a thick and creamy white head. Very nice.

S- A beautiful bouquet of funk and fruit. Very aromatic and pungent.

T- A very intense sourness hits at first and then the light fruit comes in at the end. For the ABV, this sure packs a flavor punch.

M- Crisp and dry, but very acidic. The carbonation level is just about right.

D- A huge sipper. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect for the ABV. A very tasty, memorable, and expensive treat.

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Photo of beerking1
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1994. Pours darker than expected, a dark amber color, clear, with a dense, snow white head that lingers long. Aroma is hugely complex, with lots of musty character, some sourness, and very funky, with horse blanket and all you would expect from a true lambic. The flavor is equally complex, acetic and musty but with a balancing sweetness. Aftertaste is equally complex, leaving you wanting more. A great lambic for the true lambic fan.

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Photo of goblet
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle is a 375 ml with a cap and foil around it ,that i popped and poured out into my glass .

Appearence:its an amber copper gold color with a nice tight bubble foamy head that lasts the whole experience with loads of carbonation very clear.

Smell:the aroma is on the mark ,sweet dry hops and lemon/grape fruit sourness low to no malt and a bit of wood quility.

Taste:medium to lite body some mild citrus sweetness like beautiful fresh lemon and grapefruit with a dry hops flavor that just tops this off .it`s so good .

Mouthfeel:this is a mild to rich sour heaven ,lemon juice and grapefruit peels that are pure enjoyment, mouth pucking? great.

Drinkability:this is a great beer,world class ,if this was a bit darker and more alcohol this would be a perfect beer,the flavors are fantastic,the sourness is close to perfection a bit more,perhap some ale qualities would do it.

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4.09 out of 5 based on 2,105 ratings.
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